Our dedicated executive team and board of directors serve our mission with knowledge, expertise and connections to the business community that are invaluable to the women we serve. Get to know the people behind our work.
Alexis DennardBoard President and Co-FoundHer
As a Co-FoundHer, Alexis is on a mission to empower black women business owners through “connection” opportunities designed to elevate the value of entrepreneurship. One of her favorite quotes from Wilma Rudolph is “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
During her 20+ year professional career with AT&T, Alexis held various positions within Sales, Project Management, Human Resources, Business & Consumer Operations and Officer Chiefs of Staff. She has a proven ability to lead and engage teams to successful implementation of strategies. She is a trusted leader with high expectations and the drive to achieve outstanding results.
Alexis grew up in the St. Louis area and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Hampton University. She volunteers her time across several organizations, being a multi-year recipient of the national President’s Service Volunteer Bronze Award. She is a proud active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also serves the broader community through appointments to the Dallas County Citizens’ Election Advisory and Dallas County Voter Center Advisory Committees.
Over the course of her career, Michelle has served in a multiplicity of business areas that have enabled her to hone her unique ability for creating meaningful experiences for customers at the intersection of personalization.
Today, she leverages her diverse upbringing, talents, and corporate experiences in heading leadership development at AT&T’s Leader Lab.
As Co-FoundHer of About My Sister’s Business, she is passionate about equipping small businesses with resources to achieve sustainable success and understands the facets and struggles that black women business owners juggle being under-resourced, underpaid and underfunded. A serial small business owner, she knows those challenges firsthand having owned and operated a variety of businesses spanning real estate, retail, consulting, and education. Black women FoundHers play a critical role in their families, communities and the US economy.
A native of Saginaw, MI, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.
Mary CrosbyBoard Secretary
Mary brings a wealth of experience to the About My Sister’s Business Board of Directors as Secretary. Her experience spans a variety of industries including Saginaw County Road Commission, Macy’s Department Store and H&R Block.
A native of Saginaw, MI, she holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Studies from Delta College in University Center, MI and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
She is a past member of the Audit Committee for Saginaw County Credit Union, Eastern Star and Progressive Women of Saginaw. She has also led a variety of fundraising efforts for Macy’s and Bethel A.M.E. Church and is passionate about the economic empowerment of women in business.
Robbie Banks DouglasBoard Member
Robbie Douglas is a business professional with more than 25 years of marketing, strategy, general management, and business development experience in Transportation; Sports, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Entertainment. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) where she leads the Strategic Marketing, Promotions, Special Events and Creative services management for the agency.
In her position, she oversees the management of a 17-person staff and an advertising agency of record. She manages a $3.5 million annual budget. She is currently co-leading the implementation for the new bus network redesign ensuring the flawless delivery of the marketing, communication, and outreach of the largest transformation in DART’s history.
She formerly served as the President and CEO of Promising Youth Alliance (PYA), a joint venture non-profit between Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Phoenix House of Texas. Prior to joining PYA, she was the Director of Business Development for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host committee. In this role, she oversaw the Sponsorship development program raising $25 million as well as managed the largest NFL Super Bowl procurement program for minority- and women-owned businesses in NFL history called ‘Emerging Business’.
Previously as a Group Marketing Manager with PepsiCo Foodservice, a division of PepsiCo, Inc. parent company of Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, and Pepsi divisions, she managed the marketing strategy for the foodservice distributor and local restaurant channels. Robbie has also worked for Coca-Cola North America; Lyrick Studios (producers of Barney & Friends and WISHBONE television shows); and Chrysler Motors. In addition, as an independent marketing consultant, Robbie worked with such clients as Organic Energy Corporation, Frito-Lay, TIME, D Magazine and Suncreek Media (children’s television).
Robbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She was appointed to the VisitDallas board by the DART President and Executive Director where she has served two terms and was selected to participate in their CEO and CMO search committees. She also serves as the VisitDallas Marketing Committee Chair. Additionally, Robbie serves on the boards for Dallas Black Dance Theatre and formerly on Dallas Children’s Theater and St. Philip’s School and Community Center. She is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Executive DART inaugural class and the Dallas Regional Chamber Leadership Dallas Class of 2016. She is the recipient of the Top 25 Women of Dallas Female Success Factor 2014 award; the former President of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) DFW Chapter and a lifetime member; a member and the Chairperson of the 25th Anniversary Committee of the Bethel Bible Fellowship church in Carrollton Texas.
Robbie currently resides in Carrollton Texas with her husband Greg of 29 years and their two young adult children Brandon and Ryan Elise.
Rachel YbarraBoard Treasurer
As an operational and financial leader for twenty-eight years, Rachel held national roles in transforming and launching organizations, designing and implementing technology, and developing resource-allocation strategies and multi-billion dollars plans primarily at a Fortune 10 company. She has been hyper-focused on building and maintaining a self-managing, magnetic, and forward-thinking organization. Rachel and her team achieved asymmetrical and outsized results leveraging business trend insights, independent thinking, technology innovation, and influential relationships.
In 2022, after a successful twenty-five career at AT&T, Rachel retired as a corporate front-running leader to begin an entrepreneurial career to close the wealth gap for women and the Hispanic community. She launched Embrace Any Future, a professional development and thought leadership consultant practice. Rachel shares financial, operational, and leadership empowerment strategies to fast-track corporate and community leaders’ economic success, increase their personal and positional power and create a more prosperous and inclusive society. While focused on improving the lives of women and Hispanics, the topics have broad audience appeal.
Rachel is a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. From 2018 to December 2021, she chaired a national grassroots group of Hispanic/Latino General Managers and VP leaders within AT&T to advance Latino leadership through awareness, advocacy, and action. She was named an AT&T Champion of Diversity & Inclusion and received the 2019 Global AT&T Spark Award. Rachel was appointed as an AT&T Women of Color Champion, advancing awareness of Women of Color in leadership. And in her last two years at AT&T, Rachel was appointed to the External & Legislative Affairs (E&LA) Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce, where she chaired a Pipeline Committee to build a sustainable, equitable, and representative organization across the United States. In 2022, Rachel was named a Top 100 Latina in Latino Leadership Magazine.
Rachel is a CPA in Texas and holds a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) designation. She is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin’s Master In Professional Accounting, the country’s top-ranked graduate accounting program. Rachel has been a lifelong learner completing programs at Southern Methodist University, Canada’s Western University, and UT Austin’s Executive Education Program throughout her career.
Rachel is a DFW Hispanic 100 board member, Nexus Recovery Center board member and Chair of the Nexus Recovery Public Policy Committee. She is also a Women of Tocqueville Society member, and a donor and advisory council member for the United Way Women of Tocqueville – Women & Children’s Fund. She is a member of the Texas Leadership Society for philanthropic giving to The University of Texas at Austin and UT’s Campaign Ambassador Committee for the What Starts Here campaign. Rachel is a strategic advisor for the Latina Giving Circle and is a Texas Society of CPA’s Dallas Membership Committee member.
She enjoys the Colorado mountains, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Rachel is an investor in public and private companies and can be found on LinkedIn, or you can view her press page for media mentions. Rachel’s goals include helping others create economic flexibility and freedom to embrace any future.
A question she asks herself and others is: “How far can you go?”
About My Sister’s Business is run and managed by its board of directors. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of each member, check out our bylaws.